© Trupti Patel Doshi, 2/3/2011, Calm, Gentle and Persistent

As snow around the country leaves “much of the country shivering, shoveling and awaiting more,” today rings in the Chinese New Year — The Year of the Rabbit.

According to the Chinese Zodiac, the three words that best describe the rabbit include calm, gentle and persistent. The camellias, mentioned in The New York Times today, are peony-like flowers that bloom in the winter. They must have picked up on the calm and persistent spirit of the rabbit long ago in order to blossom during such unlikely and bleak conditions. 

Happy Lunar New Year!

 

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